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  • Adorkable:
    • If you aren't disturbed by Doppio having a conversation into a frog's belly, then yes. Even Diavolo thinks he's cute.
    • For a supposed assassin, Pesci is oddly soft-hearted and endearing; he looks up to Prosciutto as a Big Brother Mentor, and his drink of choice is milk instead of espresso. Even so, Bucciarati nearly dies outright learning what happens when Prosciutto is killed, and we're shown just how much of himself Pesci's been holding back.
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  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Even for a divisive and vile main villain, some readers felt that Diavolo's fate of being subjected to an infinite death loop is too excessive. Considering his track record, that's something.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
  • Angst? What Angst?: Polnareff doesn't seem too bothered by his ultimate fate of being sealed inside Coco Jumbo. Being wheelchair-bound beforehand might be a big factor in this.
  • Ass Pull:
    • The Metallica fight has a few:
      • When Risotto had a weakened Diavolo pinned down and was ready to manipulate Narancia's Aerosmith via Metallica's blood being on it in order to kill and the very least take the Boss down with him, King Crimson suddenly demonstrates the ability to temporally become intangible, allowing the bullets to miss and hit just Risotto. While Diavolo states he erased 0.5 seconds of time and caused the bullets to hit Risotto only, this still flies in the face of how King Crimson works since even when erasing time, Diavolo still has to move or act within it to make the effect occur, as shown by him nearly killing Bucciarati, Polnareff, and him killing Narancia. By contrast, this moment shows him using his ability to flat out evade an attack by doing nothing, and it gets somewhat contradicted later when he has to use King Crimson to deflect Mista's bullets. It served as a very contrived way for Risotto to lose and have the Big Bad remain alive until Giorno finished him off. It also served as a large reason for why King Crimson was so hard to explain due to this additional ability.
      • The aftermath of the fight. King Crimson isn't shown to have any inherent healing properties, so it's not clear how Doppio/Diavolo's wounds (including needles through his cheeks and a pair of scissors through his neck) were able to be patched up without any gaping, wounds of visible blood in time for him to go unnoticed by a group of kids playing soccer.
    • Narancia's death. After everyone gets body swapped due to Silver Chariot Requiem, Narancia steps a bit away from the group, allowing Diavolo, who is in Mista's body with Trish, to use King Crimson and Epitaph to kill him by throwing him on a set of spikes. Not only was it established that Diavolo cannot interact or attack people when using Epitaph, but given King Crimson's range and how Trish as Mista was not super close to Narancia, this means that somehow, during the seconds of removed time, Diavolo managed to move close enough, throw Narancia, and then move back to the same spot with nobody being able to tell. Not helping is that Giorno attempts to heal him but states he cannot because there "is no soul left", which stands in contrast to Bucciarati who did die but was able to be semi-revived by Gold Experience. Compared to Abbacchio, who at least had the justification that he not only was killed while everyone was away, thus meaning by the time Giorno arrived, it was too late, but also had a scene showing him accepting his death, Narancia's death is incredibly messy and only serves to heighten the tension since Aerosmith would have made finding Diavolo much easier. It is possible that Narancia just didn’t have the willpower to hang on after death like Bucciarati, but that still fails to explain how Diavolo killed him nor why Narancia would lack the willpower to live midway through making a speech about his resolve to win so he can see Fugo again.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Following the multiple bouts of censorship afflicting the anime adaptation, such as blacking out Stroheim's Nazi salute in Battle Tendency, Jotaro's underage smoking in Stardust Crusaders, or bloody gashes and decapitated limbs in Diamond is Unbreakable, the anime adaptation for Vento Aureo finally rips off the bandage and leaves everything uncensored. ...For better or for worse.
  • Awesome Music:
    • In the anime, "Il Vento D'oro", a bombastic piece focusing on guitars and the occasional chant of "Jo! Jo!" or "Golden wind!"
    • There's Bucciarati's theme, "Nella Cerniera", which encapsulates his burning, passionate resolve in an absolutely fierce rock track.
    • "Canzoni Preferite" (colloquially known as the "Torture Dance" song) is a very catchy tune, and the infamous dance only helps to cement it as a banger.
    • "Modern Crusaders" by Enigma, a catchy, heavy-hitting art rock song that perfectly encapsulates the mood of Vento Aureo's second half.
    • And of course, "Fighting Gold" and "Uragirimono no Requiem"/"Traitor's Requiem", keeping up the anime's track record of having stellar opening themes.
    • "Fierce Fight", the song that plays when Bucciarati faces off against The Boss's Stand, King Crimson and finds a way to counter its almost invincible ability.
    • "Un'altra Persona", aka Diavolo's theme, a fantastically eerie and mysterious tune. It even manages to sound like time flowing anomalously.
  • Awesome Art: This part has some stellar art from Araki, who mixes his detailed character work with some great camera angles and framing. The White Album and Oasis/Green Day fights are standout examples of this. On the anime side of things, the Metallica fight has some incredible animation and character art throughout the entire episode.
  • Badass Decay: As the manga shows, Jean-Pierre Polnareff would never be the same after a horrific battle that rendered him an utter cripple, unable to stand up, let alone walk.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Giorno is this in spades, with fans often either citing him as one of the best JoJos or the absolute worst depending on who you're speaking to. Fans in favor of him often cite his cold, tactical personality, and the fact that he inherits both Jonathan's righteous and idealistic personality as well as DIO's ruthlessness and callousness, while those who are against him find that personality flat and boring in favor of the more upbeat JoJos like Joseph or Josuke. Others don't mind that much due to this part's tendency to have a balanced Ensemble Cast, with much of the focus on Bucciarati's crew interacting with one another and working as a group. But these points aside, Giorno has an obvious lack of front-line fighting compared to most of the other JoJos also ties into the base-breaking, as does the nature of Gold Experience and how overpowered it is—especially by the end.
    • Diavolo is probably the most divisive Big Bad of the franchise. One camp of the fanbase appreciates the mystery surrounding his character which leads to many Epileptic Trees, his relationship with Doppio, and how genuinely intimidating and mentally damaged he really is. On the other hand, he's disliked by some for being a retread of the better-received DIO and Kira. Most of the criticism also comes from the fact that a lot of effort was placed into making him mysterious to the point where nothing about his character truly stood out, especially in comparison to the previous main villains. There's also the fact that not every question surrounding him gets any unambiguous answer, like his unnatural birth or whether or not Doppio is the original personality. Some dislike him for having very unconventional goals and his Villain Ball moments which make him a less competent villain. In comparison to Dio, Kira and even Kars who all had comedic traits which make them enjoyable to watch, Diavolo is taken completely seriously and thus fans found him rather boring. There are some who also view him as an example of Villain Decay in regards to other villains- DIO had aspirations of dominating the world (either as a vampire lord or Time Master), Kars wanted to rule the world as the Ultimate Life Form, and Kira was an unrepetant serial killer; Diavolo is often viewed as being an over-glorified drug dealer and simple mob boss. It also doesn't help that he has very little actual screentime and, adding to that, the majority of the fandom still can't quite understand how his Stand or Epitaph ability truly works.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Polpo eats his own fingers and then they magically grow back. It's never explained why and doesn't seem to be related to the abilities of his Stand, Black Sabbath.
    • Narancia, Mista, and Fugo's weird dance, which they abruptly start without a word of explanation while in the middle of torturing an enemy Stand user. The anime heightens this even further by incorporating weird visual shifts and strange music. As an astute YouTube commenter pointed out, not only does it just suddenly happen, with no leadup or explanation, but afterwards they go back to what they were doing without a word, implying that it happens often.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Doppio turning out to be the Boss. It's not helped that immediately before his introduction that the Boss (in silhouette) says that he was going to fight the protagonists himself then pretends that the Boss and Doppio are two different people.
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • Cioccolata establishes himself as one of the more depraved villains of the franchise that even Diavolo despises. His long and drawn out death culminating in a seven-page No-Holds-Barred Beatdown by Giorno is considered by many to be the most satisfying moment in the franchise since Steely Dan's beatdown in Stardust Crusaders or Angelo's fate in Diamond is Unbreakable.
    • For those who don't feel that Diavolo's ultimate fate of dying in an infinite loop was undeserved, this can qualify for all the heinous actions that he committed throughout the series.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Diavolo is the mysterious "boss" of Passione, who was ruthless enough to be able to edge out all the other Mafia families. However, he causes his more conscientious employees to rebel by rejecting the ethics adhered to by other Mafiosi and selling hard drugs to minors. Driven by extreme paranoia, he resolves to erase all traces of his past identity and kill anyone who has seen his face. Years ago he attempted to kill his mother by sewing her mouth shut (a torment he later inflicts on a young boy) and burying her alive. He then burned his village to the ground, intending to kill everyone and being listed as a casualty; at least seven people are killed by this, and Diavolo intended to kill more. He rules his organization with an iron fist and makes a gruesome example of two of his elite assassins, Gelato and Sorbet, when they breach his privacy. He dismembers Sorbet alive—which causes Gelato to commit suicide to avoid a similar fate—and then sends the bodies to their comrades as a macabre warning. When he learns that he has a teenage daughter, he responds by plotting to murder her, almost doing it himself before Bucciarati intervenes. Additionally, it was Diavolo who sold the Stand Arrows to Enya Geil, making him responsible for the outbreak of empowered villains that has driven the events of the series from Part III onward. Heartless, paranoid and grandiose, Diavolo believed himself to be a rightful emperor over the whole world and stopped at nothing in pursuit of power.
    • Cioccolata, the most sadistic member of Passione, is a Serial Killer whose main joy in life is seeing pain and fear expressed on the face of someone about to die. He volunteered in aged care for the chance to drive vulnerable people to suicide by poisoning them and breaking their spirits by telling them that nobody would come to visit them. Inspired to become a doctor after filming the deaths of the elderly, Cioccolata would then purposefully kill the patients that fell under his knife by operating on them while fully conscious. From this cruelty was born a gruesome power: His Stand, Green Day, inflicts people with mold that causes them to die in agony as their bodies fall apart. While waiting to ambush the heroes, he kills several bystanders in this way. Rather than finishing off his targets while they're at his mercy, he waits while his similarly depraved partner Secco records their anguished expressions for posterity. He then takes a helicopter to pursue his foes and kills everyone else in sight. The anime adds to his list of crimes by having him be the one who butchered Sorbet. As a sadist unconstrained by morality and reason, Cioccolata earns the contempt of everyone he encounters.
  • Contested Sequel: Vento Aureo used to be among the most hotly contested parts of the series among Western fans, due to bad translations. Originally considered one of the weakest parts, nowadays Vento Aureo has many supporters who feel it doesn't get enough love and is unfairly judged, and some fans who outright state it as their overall favorite part like in Japan, there are still others still stand by it being one of the weaker parts. Vento Aureo has gotten praise among the fandom for being Darker and Edgier than most of the other parts with more emphasis on the fights than anything, raising the stakes with overpowered Stands to create intense and often long fights, the protagonists being anti-heroes and Araki taking the Anyone Can Die rule to the extreme. As such the fans felt that Vento Aureo had a fresh feel to it compared to other parts that allowed it to explore ideas and plots other parts never touched upon such as moral ambiguity while having a generally likable cast of characters. Those who aren't fans often criticize this part for having needlessly complicated Stands, the Villain of the Week format getting stale (especially due to how long the fights can get), many of the more interesting plot points such as the moral ambiguity of the protagonists and Giorno's relationship to Dio never being explored, not using many of the protagonists or supporting characters to their fullest potential, being mostly disconnected from the greater narrative of the other parts, and an underwhelming villain alongside of a cop-out finale. Some of the detractors even admit to giving up on reading this part and skipping it altogether.
  • Crack Pairing: Some fans jokingly ship Bucciarati/Kakyoin, based on Kakyoin's supposed preference for mothers and Bucciarati's motherly attitude toward his team.
  • Creepy Cute: Although Purple Haze is one of the most dangerous and terrifying Stands due to its ability to inflict a swift, painful death to everyone around it, its obsession with cleaning itself can make it oddly endearing.
    • Risotto's Stand Metallica's effects are horrifying and painful to those unfortunate enough to get on Risotto's hit list, but the Stand themselves are considered surprisingly cute by a good portion of the fandom. Helps that they're partially based on the Hattifattener from The Moomins.
  • Critical Backlash:
    • The part has gotten this reaction after the new translations. For a long time, Vento Aureo has been one of the most criticized and controversial parts in the series due to a number of factors and after improvements done with the translations, many fans have come to realize that criticisms were mostly unfair. With the new anime announcement, the positive hype has overtaken the majority of fandom, even becoming Worldwide Trend Topic on Twitter for an entire day after.
    • Diavolo also seems to be getting some of this. There's been more defenders of him in recent times as a more thematically appropriate villain who gets his most negative flaws from a writing point overblown. It may not be enough to fully redeem him as a villain to many, but there are notably more people who will come to his defense.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Zucchero's Cold-Blooded Torture scene. His severed head hung on a hook? Humiliating. Eyes slowly getting roasted by the sun's rays? Horrifying. Narancia, Mista and Fugo dancing in what is considered one the most memorable moments to grace this part? Hilarious.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • La Squadra may be among the more sympathetic antagonists of the series, but they are still ruthless assassins in the mafia who are more than willing to kill anyone who gets in their way. Yet fans like to bring their humanizing traits Up to Eleven and downplay their more unpleasant ones. Sorbet and Gelato get a great deal of the leather-pants treatment and are nearly always portrayed as a sweet loving couple, for two reasons: we never see them do anything evil on-screen (though that's because of their limited screentime), and their horrible, agonizing deaths make it easy to feel bad for them.
    • Diavolo gets this to an extent, though not nearly as much as Dio, Kira, Pucci and the others. His more ambiguous relationships are given a more sympathetic edge like with Doppio and occasionally his other minions. Though it's more common to play him up as a comedic character rather than a sympathetic one; his Kick the Dog moments treated as Crossing the Line Twice.
    • Even Bucciarati's team gets this treatment from fans who forget that, despite being sympathetic, they're still gangsters willing to torture and kill their enemies if necessary, often in brutal ways. In particular, the fandom has a tendency to exaggerate Narancia’s childlike traits and portray him as incredibly innocent and adorable, forgetting that he has a pretty aggressive nature and a hot temper and kills no less than four people (Formaggio, Tiziano, Squalo and Risotto) by the end of the part.
  • Ending Fatigue: The final battle for this part is one of the longest final arcs in the entire franchise. Unlike the battles against Kars, DIO, and Kira, this fight has multiple phases and keeps throwing new obstacles at the protagonists. It begins immediately after the protagonists defeat Cioccolata and Secco with Diavolo's introduction and a brief fight between King Crimson and Silver Chariot while the other protagonists attempt to find Bucciarati. Then Silver Chariot Requiem awakens and the protagonists spend multiple chapters trying to figure out the body switch and stop Diavolo from getting the arrow, and then comes the final chapters of Giorno trying to claim the arrow. And once the final battle concludes, the story still has an additional five chapters about the gang's encounter with a Stand user before Bucciarati met Giorno.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Though Pannacotta Fugo receives a fair amount of development and characterization in the first half of the story, he is the least focused-on of Bucciarati's gang, only getting to participate in a single fight across the entire story. Purple Haze only appears once as a result, and he leaves halfway through the story, long before the next member dies, and never to return outside of a flashback, but he was well-liked and developed enough to become the star of his own very well-received light novel.
    • A Stand-specific example, Polpo's Stand Black Sabbath is amongst the most popular Stands in the series for its slick design, interesting role and fight, and for being the first sign of Vento Aureo Growing the Beard. It helps that it has the name of an incredibly influential Metal band. Also adding onto this was a fun boss battle on the PS2 game with a menacing song to amp up the urgency.
    • Risotto Nero and many members of La Squadra are well-liked among fans often being considered some of the best minor villains in the franchise. The Evil Is Cool, Evil Is Sexy, and Rooting for the Empire tropes explain why. Prosciutto and Pesci are the most popular in particular for their memorable arc and camaraderie, but all have their fans. Needless to say, it was immediately well-received when the anime gave even more screentime to them actually showing them as a group, making even clearer the close bonds that were mostly implied in the original.
      • Like already mentioned above, Risotto is possibly the most popular secondary antagonist in the series for being A Father to His Men, Tragic Villain and a worthy opponent for Diavolo to compete of the leadership of Passione. His memorable arc and fight scene with Doppio is considered one of the best and most intense arcs in the part due to high stakes and Doppio not having the Plot Armor on in a similar way Bucciarati or Giorno does. Many fans even hoped that Risotto would have eventually joined Team Bucciarati in a fight against Diavolo. Adding to that, Risotto's popularity is certainly helped that he has one of the most terrifying Stand abilities in the series which is named after an influential thrash metal band.
      • Pesci is one of the most popular members of La Squadra, and possibly one of the most popular minor JoJo villains period. On top of being oddly endearing for his un-gangster-like mannerisms and soft-heartedness, he goes through an incredible amount of growth in a short time period, culminating in him going from a soft-hearted "mammomi" into a stone-cold assassin who nearly wiped out every member of Bucciarati's group. And given how likable he was up to that point, it was hard for a lot of people to not root for him.
      • Prosciutto is another popular one for being a the complete opposite of Pesci, a hardened, ruthless, determined gangster and a supporting mentor and big brother figure to Pesci who kills without hesitation and has very memorable inspiring words on how a stone-cold assassin gets a job done. His mannerisms and appearance are also the most gangster-like of La Squadra which is why many find him so memorable which is helped by his terrifying Stand ability.
      • Ghiaccio, despite being a minor antagonist, is rather popular thanks to his interesting design and his creative use of his Stand, White Album which make his fight one of the more memorable ones. The anime increased his popularity, thanks to his bizarre Seinfeldian Conversation-style ranting being voiced and hilariously ridiculous.
    • Diavolo's right-hand man and split-personality Doppio is regarded very warmly for his hilarious yet simultaneously creepy mood swings and his Adorkable nature. For some it's even enough to make them enjoy Diavolo more to an extent thanks to their interesting relationship.
    • Cioccolata is one of the most popular villains from this part due to his unapologetic cruelty, banter with Secco, dualism with Giorno, horrifying Stand ability, and memorable death scene. The anime exclusive Early-Bird Cameo of him being the one who sliced Sorbet up was a welcome addition to many. Another reason for Cioccolata's popularity is that, unlike most other enemy Stand users in this part, he has a fleshed-out backstory which exists just to showcase how awful of a person he really is.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Many fans have been theorizing whether Leaky Eye Luca was a Stand user or not, with some even suggesting that his shovel itself is his Stand, similar to Hol Horse having a gun Stand.
    • Due to a lot of Diavolo's past life being barely touched upon and deliberately left up to interpretation, fans like to bring up many theories surrounding him:
      • These two videos bring up the theory that Doppio may in fact be the original personality of the Boss, and that Diavolo is Doppio's Split Personality rather than the other way around.
      • Another minor theory is that King Crimson is actually a sentient Stand like Anubis or Cheap Trick, and could also possibly be Diavolo's personality manifested into a Stand. This is because how Diavolo always speaks through King Crimson as shown in his fight with Bucciarati and having his soul swapped by Chariot Requiem.
    • Some fans speculate that Polpo and Risotto Nero are related in some way. This mainly comes from the fact that they're the only people seen in the whole with black sclera (both of them also have red irises in the manga) and they have names related to cephalopods, Polpo is Italian of octopus and Risotto Nero is a rice dish dyed black through cephalopod ink.
    • A common theory is that the members of La Squadra di Esecuzione are representative of the Seven Deadly Sins. Some comparisons are easier to make than others, but these are the most likely representations.
      • Envy: Formaggio. His Little Feet Stand is often touted as worthless by the other members of La Squadra, and he only ever feels comfortable beating up people smaller than him.
      • Gluttony: Illuso. Being a Serial Killer, he can never get enough of killing others, even if he were to have a My God, What Have I Done? moment.
      • Pride: Prosciutto. He takes extreme pleasure in touting his The Grateful Dead Stand as being end-all be-all, and while he does care for Pesci, he insists that he's overall better than him.
      • Sloth: Pesci. He has an incredibly versatile Stand, but doesn't ever muster up the courage to use it on a frequent basis. That, and he's often willing to give up on a task very early into it.
      • Lust: Melone. He's incredibly aroused by the sight of women's legs, licking his lips whenever he sees any, and his Stand Baby Face is analogous to a rape case.
      • Wrath: Ghiaccio. He's a stickler for proper grammar, losing his cool over the word "Venezia" being opted out for "Venice", and when he doesn't understand metaphors, he loses his temper out of confusion.
      • Greed: Risotto. Being the leader of La Squadra, he's indicative of what the group's main goal is: to kill Diavolo and inherent his fortune through Passione's drug and narcotics division.
  • Even Better Sequel: Although Contested Sequel is very much present here, as both the story and characters are still at the center of debate whether they match the charm of the previous part, most people certainly agree that in terms of the anime adaptation, Part 5 outshines Part 4 in many ways. While Part 4 anime was a strong package overall and generally has a better pace than Part 3 (especially in later arcs where the flow was significantly better than in the manga), it was criticized for having notable drops of quality when it comes to animation. Part 5 animation has a higher budget and is easily the best looking season so far and puts so much attention and detail to please both fans of the manga and newcomers. Examples include better visuals and sound design, additional scenes of fan favorites such as members of La Squadra interacting with one another, having a magnificent score with each of the characters having their own leitmotifs and most notably, using detailed animation for illustrating King Crimson's powers so that they make some actual sense as the concept of time is generally much more difficult to understand using still images of the original source material. These welcome additions make sense as Part 5 is the most popular part in Japan to this day.
  • Evil Is Cool: Risotto Nero's Assassination Squad have a large fanbase for their cool designs, ruthlessness, powerful Stand abilities and their camaraderie with one another.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Considering how infamous this part is for garish fashion this trope is inevitable. Affects Illuso, Prosciutto, Melone, Squalo, Tiziano, Risotto Nero, and Diavolo in particular.
  • Fanon: Due to the sheer popularity of the minor characters this time around, people take it upon themselves to fill in the blanks with their personalities.
    • Melone and Ghiaccio having a Red Oni, Blue Oni dynamic and being Vitriolic Best Buds due to their short interaction between chapters.
    • La Squadra having a more family-esque bond than shown in the actual manga. Additionally, Risotto Nero being a Father to His Men or an outright Team Dad.
    • Risotto and Abbacchio having an Interservice Rivalry with each other, mostly due to the similarities between the two, such as being stoic and no-nonsense badasses, having white hair and a similar fashion sense.
    • Prosciutto being a chain smoker is very common, coming from how his Stand emits a gas when it activates.
    • Due to them only introduced to motivate La Squadra and show how brutal the Boss is: Gelato and Sorbet have fans fill in blanks of their personalities and relationships. The fandom mostly agrees that they are Stand users, but with Stands that aren't combat focused and prefer using more "traditional" methods of assassination. Sorbet is often portrayed as a Knife Nut and Gelato preferring firearms. Some fans also (jokingly?) believe that Sorbet is the top and Gelato is the bottom in their relationship, because gelato has milk in it while sorbet doesn't.
    • Scolippi and Melone being related, based on their similar hair colors and facial features, although Melone's hair is blonde in the manga and only purple like Scolippi's in the anime.
    • Abbacchio having a soft spot for Narancia to counter his hatred of Giorno.
    • When Abbacchio is drawn in fanart, he almost always wears black nail polish.
    • There is a popular theory that Hol Horse from Stardust Crusaders is Mista's dad. They have similar gun-related Stands that let them control the direction of their bullets (and they also tend to get hit by their own bullets on multiple occasions). The canonical timeline makes sense for this theory; Mista was born in 1982 and Stardust Crusaders takes place in 1988-1989, during which Hol Horse appears to be in his late 20s or early 30s. He is also a ladies' man and a mercenary with no permanent residence who travels all over the world to find work, making it possible for him to have ended up in Italy at some point.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain:
    • Diavolo stands out for looking incredibly garish even in the highly glamorized Part 5. He appears to wear what looks like lipstick, a body net, and trailing nets attached to his pants.
    • This applies to a good deal of the other villains in Part 5, with special notice given to Risotto Nero. With an even more Stripperiffic version of Sephiroth's outfit, and a hat that looks like a piece of cloth with little balls dangling from it.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Similar to the case between Diamond is Unbreakable and Persona 4, this part and Persona 5 are particularly friendly. Not only are they the fifth numbered installment of their respective series, but both involve a group of young Anti-Hero criminals who intend to improve society by punishing other criminals.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: JoJo is already popular in Italy as it is, but this part took it to new levels, with Italians finding the odd naming of characters a great example of Narm Charm Bilingual Bonus.
  • Growing the Beard: The introduction of La Squadra is where fans feel the part begins to pick up especially in regards to how likeable the members of La Squadra are and how much effort is put into making the fights climactic.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Abbacchio's Start of Darkness into becoming a member of Passione started with his job as a police officer, when taking a bribe from a seemingly innocent lawbreaker resulted in his partner being killed. Now, how does Abbacchio end up dying? ...He gets donutted.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Risotto's fearsome Stand "Metallica" is based on magnetism. About a decade later, the band Metallica released an album called Death Magnetic.
  • King Crimson's reveal in the anime was on February 22nd, 2019. This video, dealing with the memetic subject matter of explaining how King Crimson works, came out on February 22nd, 2016.
  • In Stardust Crusaders, Kakyoin's death was aired on June 7th, National Donut Day in the U.S. Likewise, the episode where Polnareff "dies" in a similar manner was aired on the same holiday.
  • Cioccolata and Secco's Stands being named Green Day and Oasis becomes this when taking into consideration the similar memes between the two bands of appealing to people suffering from depression. Mind you, their introductory arc was released in 1998, which was far before the likes of American Idiot, which helped cement this idea in the common masses further. If you look at the comments section of this mashup of Boulevard of Broken Dreams and Wonderwall, two songs from the respective bands that are infamous for their shared simplistic, moody chord progression, a majority of the comments are JoJo references.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Bucciarati's idea of intimidating Giorno involves tasting his sweat by licking his face.
    • Invoked with the infamous scene where Narancia walks into Giorno healing Mista, where the latter is moaning and telling Giorno to "be gentle" and "not to take off his clothes."
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Shipping all of Bucciarati's gang together as one giant polyamorous sextet is called "Polyssione".
  • Iron Woobie: Most of the members of Bucciarati's gang who have had hardships throughout their life and stick to the gangster lifestyle because it's all they know. Abbacchio, however, gets it the worst as he lived a relatively normal life as a cop until his closest ally died and still hasn't come to terms with the fact that he's gone in spite of his rather stoic demeanor.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • The name and appearance of the leader of Passione, Diavolo. While the actual story treats it as one of the biggest mysteries, most adaptations no longer bother hiding it, and he's already recognizable to most of the West because of the many memes surrounding his Stand, King Crimson. Thankfully, these are mostly surface-level information and people spoiled on that aspect usually don't know his link with other characters or what his Stand ability is (outside of "just working").
    • If you hang around forums where Hypothetical Fight Debates are held, there is a good chance you're already aware that Gold Experience evolves into Gold Experience Requiem, which has the power to nullify any attack. Due to the Story-Breaker Power nature of this ability, it's very often brought up in these discussions, with "Can this character beat Gold Experience Requiem?" being a commonly asked question.
    • The fact that Polnareff shows up late in the story, and his fate of having his soul swapped into Coco Jumbo's body, due to the constant jokes surrounding it.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Pesci becomes this after Bucciarati kills Prosciutto, his closest ally, and is motivated to continue fighting just to avenge his friend even if he knows he doesn't stand a chance against Bucciarati and his gang.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Among the Vento Aureo cast, Bruno Bucciarati has arguably the most number of ships, ranging but not limited to Giorno, Abbacchio, Trish, Risotto Nero, Prosciutto, Diavolo, etc.
  • Love to Hate: Cioccolata is probably the most depraved villain to ever grace the franchise, being a Mad Doctor Serial Killer and all. But his wanton cruelty, nightmarishly horrifying Stand ability and his surprisingly hilarious and over-the-top dynamic with Secco also makes him enjoyable to watch at the same time. His extremely memorable beatdown at the hands of Giorno is one of the most satisfying moments to grace the series proper.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Risotto Nero is the leader of La Squadra Esecuzioni, Passione's rogue assassination team. After his team was sent the mutilated corpses of two of their members as a warning, Risotto and his team decide to betray Passione. Finding out about Trish, the Boss' daughter, Risotto comes up with a plan to kidnap her to find out about the Boss' identity. Risotto tracks down the heroes at every turn, torturing a Passione member to reconstruct a photo of their next location when he temporarily loses track of them. Later when all of his men are killed, Risotto hides out at Sardinia, correctly deducing that Trish will be returning there. Upon confronting Doppio, Risotto brings him to near death with a variety of tactics before the Boss tricks Narancia into shooting the unexpected Risotto. However, even upon death's door, Risotto takes control of Aerosmith attempting to have it shoot both him and the Boss to death, a move that even the Boss praises him for.
    • Prosciutto is a member of La Squadra Esecuzioni, and the mentor of the timid Pesci. Tasked with kidnapping Trish, Prosciutto tracks Bucciarati's team to a train and uses his Stand to rapidly age everyone on the train to draw out the heroes, knowing that Trish will be spared due to her lower body temperature slowing down the aging. Aging himself up to disguise himself as a helpless victim of the stand, Proscuiutto ambushes Mista right when he's about to kill Pesci and rapidly ages and incapacitates him, shooting him in the head to ensure Mista's death. Even when on the brink of death after his fight with Bucciarati, Prosciutto uses the last minutes of his life to hang on to the bottom of the train and continue using his Stand, entrusting Pesci to finish the job. Cunning and inspiring, Prosciutto's belief in Pesci leads him to gain confidence in himself, resulting in Pesci nearly killing all of the heroes.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Thanks to Gold Experience Requiem being one the most, if not the most broken Stand in the series, Giorno has become this in the eyes of the fans. People like to pit him against other powerful characters from different fanbases such as Superman and Goku. Without Requiem, Giorno still qualifies as a Memetic Badass as long as "Il vento d'oro" is playing, leading to jokes about how Giorno playing the piano is omnipotent.
    • Guido Mista is a cool guy in canon but among the fandom, he is the greatest being who ever walked the Earth. His popularity has given him god-like status among the fandom and many fan portrayals often give him a personality akin to that of Deadpool. And then there's the fact that he has a harem comprised of every female character in the series... and Narancia. This reputation increased in the anime adaptation where during the flashback scene has him dodging all the bullets by pure instinct, making jokes of him having Ultra Instinct. That being said...
  • Memetic Loser:
    • Mista's tendency to be hit by his own bullets is something that hasn't gone unnoticed by fans, to the point where he's a bigger danger to himself than the enemy Stand user is. Especially so when Sex Pistols is shown to be able to block bullets for himnote , yet he rarely ever does this for most of the story. Comparisons to Part 3's own Hol Horse inevitably followed.
    • Fugo it's probably one of the biggest examples in the JoJo fandom. He's mocked by the fans for his lack of spotlight in the series, since the only battle in which he participated was the one against Illuso, where he was practically defenseless due being separated of Purple Haze (who was the one who finished Illuso himself, thanks to the efforts of Giorno) and in which even Abbacchio (who has a non-combat oriented Stand) had a more active role, and especially for his exit from the series after he decides to not follow Bucciarati's gang in his fight against the Boss, who occasionated more mockery towards the character. While there is a spin-off novel dedicated to him trying to redeem his lack of participation in the main series, it has yet to be officially classified as canon.
    • Diavolo himself in spite of his attempts of being a No-Nonsense Nemesis Hero Killer with a Super Power Lottery ability that should make him unstoppable, often shooting himself in the foot due to either his Stupid Evil tendencies of violent actions over pragmatic decisions- with only a set of lucky breaks saving him until the end of the story, coming across less of a skilled mastermind and deadly force, making him be mocked as the least competent of the Jojo main villains, in spite of ironically actually being the biggest Hero Killer main villain in the series prior to Pucci. In his first fight alone, he failed to kill his own daughter as her rescuer, Bucciarati takes her away from him as he mocks him for his incompetence- in spite of killing him moments earlier- remaining a thorn in his side even after death to twist the nail further; gets in a humiliating one-sided battle with Risotto who nearly kills him until Narancia's accidental intervention- due to his brutal execution of the man's teammates getting him determined enough to seek his demise in the first place; Jean-Pierre Polneraff- a man that he had personally decided to kill, not only manages to survive comes back years later to be a threat- with his finishing the job resulting in him in a "Freaky Friday" Flip for his trouble- with the man he killed inadvertently taking his body for an additional measure. And unlike the other main villains before and after him, he doesn't even get an 11th-Hour Superpower Power-up, it's his enemy that does and he ends up being a guinea pig for it due to the man he killed and his own daughter screwing him over.
  • Memetic Molester: Due to the "taste of a liar" meme, many fans have portrayed Bucciarati this way... especially if they ship him with Giorno.
  • Memetic Mutation: Has its own page.
  • Moe:
    • Narancia as a child in flashbacks, especially in the anime, is this to a vocal portion of the fanbase. Doesn't help that he's a major woobie. Even 17-year-old Narancia is considered adorable, labeled by fans as the "baby" of Bucciarati's group.
    • The Sex Pistols, but namely Number 5 due to how he acts.
    • Notorious B.I.G. is a terrifying Stand, but the scene where he punches the soft clock over and over looks similar to a baby playing with an inflatable toy, which stops once he gets a much larger and nightmarish appearance.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Diavolo seemingly crosses it after he has Bucciarati bring Trish to him, only for him to immediately attempt to kill her. But in reality, he crossed it years before when he buried his mother alive under his floor as a teenager before burning down his home village.
    • Prosciutto crosses this when he activates his Stand The Grateful Dead in an express train despite causing numerous civilian casualties in the process, and just so he could flush Trish out.
    • At least in Bucciarati's eyes, Pesci crosses it when he tries to murder the rest of the gang out of spite. It's that point that whatever respect Bucciarati had for him had flown out the window.
    • Melone crosses it when he uses a random woman as a host for his Stand, Baby Face, to reproduce itself and give birth to its child before having her disposed after the child has learned enough and got enough nutrients from her. He would have done this again if it weren't for Giorno and it's implied he has done this many times before.
    • Cioccolata crossed this years before his proper introduction when he voluntarily attended elderly care, just so he could gaslight and torture vulnerable people to death. And this was just the beginning for his depravity.
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • As of the anime adaptation, Giorno's MUDAs count as this combined with Gold Experience punching effects which sound like a combination between machine gun and cash register.
    • Moody Blues' telephone sound effects to the point that many fans want a "Moody Blues ASMR".
    • Even non-dub watchers admit that the voice Kellen Goff uses for Diavolo is amazing. Listen for yourself.
  • Narm:
    • During the Man in the Mirror arc, Giorno and Abbacchio end up arguing over saving Fugo. It would have been a dramatic scene if not for the fact that Abbacchio starts poking Giorno's "cleavage", which would make a lot of fans giggle. The anime doesn't help at all by giving a close up of him poking Giorno.
    • In the anime, Epitaph is drawn with less details than King Crimson, so people started to poke fun at the "quality". Some find it as Narm Charm, alongside King Crimson's weird faces.
    • In the anime, Risotto gets shot by Aerosmith which would have been a dramatic scene... if not for the awkward pose that made him look like he's t-posing.
    • Once Gold Experience Requiem is born, the undoing of Diavolo's time skip is portrayed by having afterimages of his past selves stand in a line. It's really difficult to take this seriously, especially once he turns around and reacts to the sight with a "Wha-" and all of his copies mimic the exact same motion, complete with an echo of his voice line. This scene ended up getting turned into a meme very quickly.
    • Vento Aureo already pushed the boundaries just a smidge with the names of the characters being Italian foods and adjectives, but for the most part, they make sense. ...That is, until you get to Doppio. His last name being the Italian word for double makes sense considering he's Diavolo's Split Personality, but it's hard to take that point seriously when realizing that his first name is Vinegar.
  • Narm Charm: When Abbacchio summons Moody Blues for the first time in the English dub, he adds "Let's jam!" just before it appears. It's cheesy, but it's also bomb, and Mick Lauer did a great job delivering the line.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • Sorbet's Cruel and Unusual Death, in which his body is dissected into 36 parts and preserved in formalin frames to be sent to his teammates. The anime takes it up a notch by showing a silhouetted Cioccolata slicing Sorbet up, and we get to see a close-up of Sorbet's preserved body parts.
    • In the anime adaptation, when King Crimson punches a hole through Bucciarati's abdomen, you can hear his ribs starting to crack.
    • During Doppio vs. Risotto, due to Metallica sucking out Doppio's iron, his blood slowly starts turning into a puke-yellow color.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Some fans have never quite forgiven Abbacchio's Jerkass attitude towards Giorno throughout the part, despite Giorno taking it in stride and never treating Abbacchio with any less respect than the rest of the gang. It doesn't help that he never gets the chance to get over this attitude and openly get along with Giorno due to his death at Diavolo's hands.
    • In spite of later translations doing a better job in explaining how King Crimson's powers work, King Crimson will be forever known as the Stand with the most convoluted ability due to the memes surrounding it.
    • Narancia gunning down Risotto Nero with Aerosmith before he was able to kill The Boss was this for some. As he unwittingly saved the very enemy they were supposed to kill, this made him indirectly responsible for Abbacchio's and his own death later on. Never mind that in the context of the situation, Risotto is going after Bucciarati's gang anyway for killing his team, Metallica's power made Doppio invisible to Aerosmith's radar due to the lack of CO2 exhaled (otherwise Narancia would have gunned The Boss down without even realising it) and Risotto himself had the misfortune of placing his severed foot in the same trajectory as Bucciarati's gang when Doppio threw the knives effectively giving away their position in the first place which caused his downfall.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Both King Crimson and Epitaph's faces were deliberately meant to be Nightmare Faces. Unfortunately the anime constantly gives them over-the-top and Off-Model expressions that make them look like they just stubbed their toe as opposed to frightening.
  • No Yay: The real traction of some of Diavolo's quotes have this going with him and Doppio, calling his other personality "My Doppio... Oh, Doppio... My cute little Doppio!" It sounds either endearing or creepy considering how insane he is. It doesn't help that some of Araki's art has them together rather...intimately.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Carne is one of the antagonists with the least characterization of the series (rivaling Arabia Fats from Stardust Crusaders), and only appears in a brief scene in which he's easily killed by Mista. It tells you something when even Leaky-eye Luca (a non-Stand user) had more screentime and more lines than him. However, his bizarre appearance coupled with the comically short amount of time it took to defeat him, unlike his Stand, Notorious B.I.G, have make him the source of memes and parodies over the Internet. Even Araki himself seemed to like him, as he said in the book compilation JOJOVELLER that he enjoyed drawing Carne more than B.I.G itself.
  • Paranoia Fuel:
    • It's Zucchero's sheer effectiveness with using his Stand to stay hidden while attacking that makes him paranoia-inducing. It takes Moody Blues to actually find out why the rest of the team is disappearing one by one.
    • Squalo's Stand in the Tizziano/Squalo arc: "There's a shark in the soup!"
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • In the past, the only English scans available for Golden Wind were of very low quality, featuring a rough translation which, on top of featuring quite a few grammar errors, often failed to capture the gang's personality. For this reason, Giorno was one of the most widely hated JoJos, being considered a bland protagonist who is overshadowed by his teammates. Once better scans were available, some fans started to rethink their opinion of Giorno, and the anime adaptation left his haters in the minority.
    • Similarly, Diavolo upgraded from The Scrappy to Base-Breaking Character thanks to the new translation making King Crimson's abilities easier to comprehend.
  • Rooting for the Empire: There are a lot of fans who would have liked to see the members of La Squadra take down The Boss or become an ally force to the protagonists. This isn't due to fans disliking the protagonists, but rather because the antagonists are very well-written, with distinct and memorable personalities and designs. The best example of this is during Bucciarati's fight with Pesci, where he nearly succeeds in completely wiping out the gang. Combine this with his endearing personality, strong friendship with his teammate Prosciutto, and the incredible amount of Character Development he undergoes in these few short chapters or episodes, and some fans end up finding themselves rooting for the assassin and even joking that Pesci is the "real" protagonist of Part 5.
    • Very minor considering how much of a Hate Sink he is, but some fans wished that Diavolo had gotten an 11th-Hour Superpower from the Requiem Arrow much like his predecessors, Kars, DIO and Kira had done instead of not only not getting it, but being the test rat for Gold Experience Requiem's power. Him being a Memetic Loser for most of the Part did warrant this considering what he went through.
  • Self-Fanservice: While he's not actually as ugly as most examples that go through this trope, and it's more because of his expression and posture that make him look a bit like a Gonk, Ghiaccio still fits this where a good number of fanart, especially form Pixiv, portray him as a straight-up Megane wearing Bishounen.
    • His teammate and bigger Gonk, Pesci is often the subject of a variation of this. Instead being made to look sexy or beautiful, he's often drawn to be cuter. This is done mainly by giving him a define chin and neckline, but made round and childish.
  • Ship Mates:
    • People who like Bucciarati/Trish tend to also be fans of Giorno/Mista or vice versa.
    • Bucciarati/Abbacchio, Giorno/Mista and Fugo/Narancia shippers all tend to go together because it neatly pairs everyone in the gang with no leftovers (except for Trish). A less common alternative is to simultaneously ship Giorno/Fugo and Narancia/Mista.
  • Shocking Moments: Even more apparent in this Part than others. Almost every Stand in this part takes about two pages to explain how it works, and are ridiculously overpowered. In the case of Epitaph we're not even given explanation of how it works other than.. it just does. Gets even crazier in the final battle where Polnareff awakening to Silver Chariot Requiem causes the protagonists to switch bodies and the world around them to crumble, and Giorno awakens to a Requiem Stand and by that point... good luck understanding the story.
  • Signature Scene:
    • Bucciarati licking Giorno's face.
    • Mista, Narancia, and Fugo dancing while Zucchero is forced to watch. This scene became even more iconic with the premiere of the anime, where the handful of panels from the manga were expanded into a music video.
    • The infamous scene with Giorno healing Mista, due to the incredible amounts of Ho Yay and Accidental Innuendo invoked when taken out of context.
    • Giorno lying to Cioccolata about sparing his life and then subjecting him to a seven page long No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Song Association: Comes from the music references within the Stand names rather than actual music though.
    • Aerosmith has made a lot of songs, but the one that gets associated with Narancia the most is "Dude Looks Like A Lady", owing to his androgyny.
    • Any King Crimson song with Diavolo, but the most prominent are "Court of the Crimson King" and "21st Century Schizoid Man"; the former is usually reserved for the confrontation of Bucciarati and Diavolo, while the latter is used to summarize Diavolo's personality.
      • There exist edits of Doppio's death set to "Epitaph", with some saying this is the song that should have played during that scene.
    • Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" is strongly associated with Golden Wind. Before the anime aired, it was one of the most popular suggestions for an ending credits song, so much so that even though it wasn't used after all, many fans still think of it as the part 5 song, giving it the name "Gang-star's Paradise".
  • Squick: Araki's penchant for Body Horror is at its highest yet in this part with Stands displaying some really horrifying and disgusting abilities.
    • Cioccolata is one of the worst with his mass infection of people with mold causing them to graphically fall to pieces should they change altitudes. It gets worse when he cuts himself apart, animating his limbs all the while his spine hangs loose.
    • Bucciarati goes through some skin crawling punishment throughout the story which his newfound lack of pain allows him to treat casually. It starts with him accidentally running a nail through his hand without noticing and goes even further with him at one point having a broken wrist with the bone sticking out and him still using the hand freely.
    • But the worst would have to be Risotto's Metallica, whose power can manipulate the iron in one's blood. We get to see the pleasant sight of razors, scalpels and scissors bursting out from Doppio's body, including his throat. Ouch...
    • In a non-Stand-related example, when Abbacchio first meets Giorno, he pees into a teapot, pours Giorno a cup and makes him drink it. Granted, Giorno turns out to have used Gold Experience to make a jellyfish absorb the urine, but it's still rather disgusting to see him drink it.
  • Stoic Woobie: Risotto Nero fell into a life of crime due to tragic circumstances, yet he and his team never got any respect from The Boss, and just keeps losing his teammates one by one. He then dies an ultimately futile and unfortunate death just as he was about to kill The Boss. Despite all that, he keeps his emotions under a stone cold facade to the very end.
  • Superlative Dubbing: The English dub has been highly praised for its all-star cast, expressive dialogue, colorful inserts of fluent Italian, and for doing many of the characters and most iconic scenes justice, even outperforming the Japanese dub for some. Kellen Goff's violently intimidating portrayal of Diavolo is considered to be the MVP of this dub.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The song that plays during the dance scene in episode 7 has been compared to the song "Pussy Control" by Prince. Considering that Araki likes Prince and "Pussy Control" is featured in the album Gold Experience, it's unlikely that this wasn't intentional.
  • That One Level: The Cioccolata and Secco segment in the PS2 game has the dubious honor of being one of the most annoying parts of the game, especially the first part with Mista navigating through the seaside village to escape Secco. The layout of the map is labyrinthine, Green Day's mold is constantly draining your health if you're doing anything except running, Secco's attacks are sporadic, almost too fast to react to, and stun you for a long time, and he can even just randomly grab you and drag you to another part of the level.
    • Comparatively, Cioccolata's solo fight against Giorno isn't too bad, but Secco is way worse to deal with. His unpredictable and fast attacks return, and added to them is an overwhelming propensity to stunlock you and avoid getting stunlocked. Going for secret factors for completion's sake is also annoying because one of them requires you to stand still and put yourself at risk from an unguarded attack, another is heavily reliant on Secco's positioning and a bit of luck, and to top it off, it's one of the very few fights where the secret factors cannot be done out of order.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Giorno's color scheme in the anime, particularly his magenta outfit, has drawn some divisive reactions from the fanbase, since prior JoJo material like the colored manga and CyberConnect2 games have favored a dark blue outfit. Some find it unique in how it contrasts previous JoJos' preference for dark colors, while others find it too bright and tacky.
    • Some people were disappointed that the nameless old man during the Black Sabbath fight no longer was wearing the red clothes that earned him the nickname of Mario. Some call him Luigi, though.
    • Fugo's anime backstory flashback wasn't well-received by part of the reader of the spin-off novel by Kouhei Kadono, claiming that presenting his assault on his teacher as a justifiable attack against a sexual assault attempt says virtually nothing about his character, compared to Purple Haze Feedback painting it as an act of Disproportionate Retribution towards his dead grandmother being mentioned.
    • Melone being apathetic to the deaths of Prosciutto and Pesci in the anime wasn’t well-received, the dub even more so as he outright insults them. This was in contrast to his actual reaction in the manga, where he was noticeably trembling when he saw their bodies. Fans of the manga felt that this undermines the camaraderie that the members of La Squadra shared, as well as their motivation to avenge their comrades’ deaths.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • When Pannacotta Fugo was first introduced, he was established as a mentor figure towards Narancia and the serious guy in the group. This opened up a lot of potential for an interesting dynamic between him and Narancia and having a major role among the protagonists. Also, the abilities of his Stand Purple Haze are ridiculously powerful. Unfortunately, Fugo only gets ONE major fight in the whole story and is Put on a Bus after Bucciarati betrays Diavolo.
    • This part's secondary antagonist Risotto Nero. Initially established as a major threat in the first half of the story, many felt he was going to get a major battle with the protagonists at some point. Unfortunately, he's immediately forgotten after Diavolo tries to kill Trish, and when he does finally appear his fight is with Doppio instead of the protagonists. In fact, he doesn't even get to fight the protagonists since Narancia unknowingly kills him using Aerosmith while attempting to kill Doppio. Some fans also lament that he never formed an Enemy Mine with the protagonists and take down Diavolo. It's especially embarrassing when you consider that Hol Horse had a more active role as secondary antagonist.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Many fans would have liked to see Araki's original plan of Fugo being The Mole come into action since it would have taken the story into a radically different direction and given character development to most of the main protagonists. Though some have defended Araki's decision on this as Fugo's Stand is so overpowered the fight between him and the others would have been a Curb-Stomp Battle.
    • Giorno being the son of DIO is almost never explored throughout the entire part. This plot point doesn't go beyond Giorno being ruthless and deceiving towards his enemies. A lot of fans would have liked to see this ruthlessness be used to make Giorno a morally gray protagonist and have a contrast between the other protagonists. The fact that he is technically half-vampire is also never addressed and he doesn't seem to show any vampire-like characteristics. Also, the fact that Giorno being DIO's son is never brought up again is especially egregious considering that Polnareff, one of only three people who fought DIO and lived, appears in the story and could have easily provided a springboard for that plot element to return.
    • Koichi's initial escapade of coming to Italy in the early chapters. What could have been an interesting plot that brought more of the past mythology into the story just ends up being a framing device used to introduce it to the main storyline.
      • Some think it would have been better if Josuke was the one Jotaro sent to Italy, as it would have made the battle with Black Sabbath and the subsequent departure a good Passing of the Torch moment.
    • Exactly what happened to Giorno, Mista and Trish after the defeat of Diavolo is never explored. After a flashback arc, all we get is a cut to Giorno as the kingpin of Passione with no explanation and not even a word on what happened to Trish. Unfortunately, unlike the ending of the Part 4 anime which added a much-appreciated epilogue where we got to see what happened to the characters, the Part 5 anime did not add anything to the ending.
  • Too Cool to Live: Risotto Nero, despite him only being the secondary antagonist, has a cool design, a genuinely horrifying Stand power and nearly ends up killing the Big Bad right there and then. So of course he had to die before the final arc in Rome, through a series of contrived misfortunes no less.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: The giant zipper on the front of Sticky Fingers' crotch.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • Some fans have this opinion towards Pesci. Although not good-looking like his comrades, fans found his Cowardly Lion personality, and dynamics with Prosciutto endearing.
    • Mista's Sex Pistols are absolutely adorable even though they don't look remotely cute in the conventional sense. They act like small children, demanding food, playing around and being enthusiastic about their job. Especially Number 5, who tends to be a crybaby because he's bullied by Number 3.
    • Mixed with Creepy Cute, Secco can give off this impression as well, what with his exaggerated facial expression, slurred language and downright animalistic behavior, which can end up looking oddly endearing instead.
    • Once Notorious B.I.G/Chase solidifies into a tangible form beyond a fleshy blob, it becomes weirdly cute with its diminutive size with oversized mitten like forelimbs. Its larger blob like form averts this completely.
  • Uncanny Valley: Some of the characters look off.
    • Diavolo's eyes that either look like fragmented pupils or a small dot with a noticeable triangular light attached to the pupil are drawn differently than anyone else's in the manga, and it does look pretty unsettling. His Stand isn't any better; King Crimson's eyeballs are placed outside the eye sockets. Its perpetual sadistic glare doesn't help either.
    • Gold Experience Requiem has realistic looking eyes on a cross stalk peaking outside of empty black slits like King Crimson's, giving the evolved Stand, an unnaturally, otherworldly feel that is made more frightening when it shows angered expressions as it does a pummel rush.
    • Both Polpo and Risotto Nero have black sclera that give them a very unnatural vibe, making them appear distinctly off from the rest of the cast.
  • Unexpected Character: As Vento Aureo becomes very stand-alone from the other Parts when Jotaro and Koichi left the scene, seeing Polnareff from Stardust Crusaders returning much later on is unforeseen at least.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Illuso. While he's seen as one of the more ruthless and unpleasant members of La Squadra, a lot of fans thought that his gruesome and horrifying death at the hands of Purple Haze was undeserved since he's nowhere as nasty as Hate Sinks like Cioccolata or Diavolo. That said, readers of Purple Haze Feedback may think otherwise due to his characterization of being a serial killer who was responsible for the murder of Sheila E.'s sister.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Cioccolata is despised by absolutely all Passione members, including his partner Secco. This doesn't stop him from being one of the most popular villains in this part.
  • The Un-Twist: It really should come as no surprise that Diavolo had Bucciarati bring Trish to him just to kill her. Right from the beginning its established that the Boss doesn't want anyone to know his identity and even killed two of Nero's men for knowing too much about him. When Trish is introduced we immediately know that she is the Boss' daughter so naturally you can assume that his ulterior motive is to kill Trish since as his daughter she would know the most about him. Even if you don't catch on to this, the fact that the Boss is clearly established as this part's main antagonist should be a dead giveaway that he was manipulating Bucciarati's gang.
  • Values Dissonance: It's not by much, but Western fans are often confused as to why so many characters in Vento Aureo — criminals, gangsters and mafia members, at that — view drug dealing and trafficking as such a heinous evil; by comparison, a lot of other (Western) fiction about the mafia and organized crime might mention drugs as a way to pay the bills and leave it at that. This can be explained by Japan's much firmer stance on drugs; as our own page on the Yakuza explains, even the organized crime in Japan views drug dealers as the lowest of the low.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Part 5 notably scaled back the importance of the main Jojo and put forth much more of an Ensemble Cast. Giorno is still important and his motivations play a major role in the story, but he's also very much a Supporting Protagonist with a lot of fights having the main focus on his teammates. Bucciarati's status as the Deuteragonist is the most notable, however as his character arc and role in the story as the team's leader often pushes him into the spotlight.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Many readers were caught off guard when they learn that Narancia is actually a boy, especially since he has a feminine sounding name, wears spaghetti straps and Skirt over Slacks, and also has a feminine voice in the video games. This is diminished in the anime, which gives him more defined muscles and a deeper voice.
  • Viewer Name Confusion: Some viewers seem to believe that Giorno's last name is "Giovanni" rather than "Giovanna," probably because they're more familiar with another Giovanni.
  • Vindicated by History:
    • Vento Aureo has gotten more support among the fandom due to a better translation being put out. There are also some fans who even believe that an anime adaptation can fix some of the issues the manga had. Started becoming even more apparent in early 2017 as many popular JoJo YouTubers have spoken very highly about this part and the fact that an anime adaptation later in the year is looking likely. As of June 2017, the color scans are now fully available in English with many fans now giving this part a second chance.
    • As of 2018, it's been cited as a favorite by many fans on several platforms such as Reddit, Twitter, Tumblr and even 4chan. When the anime was announced, the entire fandom was rejoiced to a point it became worldwide trend topic on Twitter.
    • A major facet of this is the original, quite bad, translations. The original scans are somewhat infamous for their poor quality. With both the anime airing and the colored translations long complete, most fans have come around to Part V. One of the biggest examples of this are accusations that Giorno is a dull, boring protagonist who barely emotes, which the anime beautifully counters by depicting his often terrifying Tranquil Fury with gusto.
    • Diavolo himself was an extremely divisive antagonist back when the manga was being published due to lacking the traits that made DIO and Kira popular. However, he started getting more fans in later years who genuinely appreciated the mystery surrounding his character and thought the hate towards him was overblown. By the time he makes his first in-person appearance in the anime, he was met with open arms by the fandom.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Bucciarati has brought Trish to Diavolo, and Bucciarati has no idea what Diavolo plans to do with her, killing her.
      You'd Expect: Diavolo to simply wait for Bucciarati to leave the building and then kill Trish himself - no, really, that's all he had to do. He still would have had to eventually deal with Giorno's ambitions, but he would have been in a much better place to deal with them. It would only be a 5-10 minute wait at most.
      Instead: Diavolo decides to try and kill Trish right in front of Bucciarati, someone he knows is altruistic and an experienced Stand user.
      Result: This starts a series of events that leads to Giorno's Gold Experience gaining its Requiem form, Diavolo getting sent into an infinite loop of death, and Giorno taking over as The Don of Passione.
    • As Team Bucciarati is trying to leave Venice, an enemy Stand user attacks Narancia from the water, while another one attaches itself to Narancia's tongue and forces him to lie to the group about the former's whereabouts, often suddenly changing what he says to mislead the others.
      You'd Expect: The others to realize that something's wrong with Narancia, and that an enemy Stand is involved.
      Instead: They assume that he's seeng things or messing with them.
      The Result: The team ends up being led on a wild goose chase and becomes increasingly frustrated with Narancia. When Giorno finally starts to piece everything together, Clash nearly kills him.
    • Trish gets a huge one while in Mista's body. She uses her Stand to launch previously-fired bullets straight through Diavolo/King Crimson's hand, causing him to lose his grip on the Stand Arrow. Diavolo gets REALLY confused on what happened, to the point that his focus has momentarily shifted away from the arrow.
      You'd Expect: Trish keeps her mouth shut for the time being, at least until Giorno or someone can grab a hold of the arrow. It's even flying over Mista, with him pointing out that King Crimson is far enough that even if he could skip time, he wouldn't be able to reach the arrow before them.
      Instead: Trish immediately reveals on what she did to Diavolo.
      Result: An enraged Diavolo wishes that Trish was never born, and mortally wounds her soul, with the force of the impact sending Mista's body (which he was inhabiting too) to fly towards the arrow. If it wasn't for Bucciarati's Heroic Sacrifice, Trish's spirit would have passed to the great beyond and Diavolo would have most probably unlocked King Crimson Requiem.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: While the franchise has had many instances of this trope before, Vento Aureo takes it to a whole new level. The story of this part would feel right at home in a gangster film like The Godfather or Goodfellas especially when it comes to the brutal violence, graphic blood and gore, and unapologetic deaths. In spite of the increased maturity of this part, this still got serialized in Shonen Jump (and so was Stone Ocean, which was hardly any gentler).
  • Wheelchair Woobie: Polnareff already had it rough in Stardust Crusaders. Here, however, he ended up unable to walk after losing a battle to Diavolo and while trying to help the protagonists Diavolo ends up killing him only for him to survive because of Silver Chariot Requiem causing him to switch bodies with a turtle. After Diavolo is defeated he's left to live the rest of his life in the turtle's Stand.
  • The Woobie:
    • Trish, who grew up without ever knowing her father's identity. As it turns out her father is Diavolo, the boss of Passione and even though she was lead to believe he wanted to protect her, he really wants her dead. There's also the fact that she had to see so many people die, including three of her new friends because of her relation to Diavolo.
    • Narancia's mother died of eye infection when he was very young and was then left growing up with his neglectful father. Trying to live his new life as a hoodlum with his "friends", Narancia's life was then turned upside down when said friends betrayed him and made him a scapegoat to one of their robberies. Beaten up by police officers, Narancia lived for a year in correctional facility, where his untreated eye wound worsened. After being released, his friends had turned their backs even more to him, claiming that he got his infection from his late mother. He then lives for a year in the street before being picked up by Bucciarati. It only gets worse for Narancia when he has to leave Fugo behind following the betrayal and after all he's gone through he's killed by Diavolo when all he wanted was to return home.
    • Fugo in the anime adaptation and Kouhei Kadono's Purple Haze Feedback spin-off. While his backstory (or the lack of it) didn't reveal that much in the manga, his Adaptational Expansion reveals that he beat his university professor due to him either molesting him (anime) or mocking him for having his grandmother's death affect his grades (Feedback). This resulted in him being arrested and charged for an assault, which ended up in him being abandoned by his parents. His Stand Purple Haze is what Fugo seems himself as: an uncontrollable monster that rots everything in its presence, be it friend or foe. Adding to that, Fugo has several self-esteem issues and cannot act on emotional level which ends up in him being the only one not to join Bucciarati in his quest to overthrow the Boss. Purple Haze Feedback goes further and reveals that he is now suffering from Survivor Guilt due to not joining Bucciarati and blaming himself from Narancia's death.
    • Doppio. He might be a Jerkass Woobie considering the fact that he's the underboss of Passione and rather brutally kills Abbacchio, but he's the split personality (or perhaps twin) of Diavolo and doesn't realize it, and dies in an extremely painful and sad way.
  • Woolseyism:
    • The English dub made the choice to incorporate several instances of Gratuitous Italian, moreso than the Japanese original. Fans found these uses great, adding depth to the Italian setting.
    • When activating Moody Blues for the first time in the dub, Abbacchio says "Let's jam" after saying his Stand's name. Since his Stand contains a genre of music in its name, even if changed to Moody Jazz, it fits his character and was seen as a good addition by the script writers.
    • The dub gives each of Sex Pistol's bullets a different voice direction, helping them be more distinct. For example, one of them has a more cowboy voice, another has a deeper but still high pitched voice, while another has a more whiny and very high pitched voice.
    • During Bucciarati and Secco's fight, Secco mentions how the word "Colosseum" sounds similar to "Koroseyo" (Japanese for "kill them") before trying to kill Bucciarati. Because this wouldn't work when directly translated into English, Secco instead points out how the former instead sounds similar to "Mausoleum", which is what he says he'll put Bucciarati in. Helps that both of them are buildings associated with death, the Colosseum being where people die in battle and the Mausoleum being where the dead are buried.
    • King Crimson being renamed Emperor Crimson for the English localization makes sense for the setting in Italy, since the leader of Rome, Italy was usually called an emperor and the Boss is the shadowy ruler of Italy as a whole, it makes sense within the context of the country it's based. and also makes it clear how high Diavolo's superiority complex goes in regards to himself.
    • In the Italian localization, Doppio's first name is changed from Vinegar to Aceto, which itself is the Italian word for vinegar. Given that the word vinegar is derived from French language rather than Italian, this name change makes much more sense and doesn't come across as tryhard or ill-informed when paired up against other Italian names in Part 5.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?:
    • Even in the highly glamorous Part 5, Fugo's outfit is incredibly tacky. It has holes all over it, even on the pants, Fugo isn't wearing any undershirts, just a necktie, and if Word of God is to believed, he even wears a thong so the underwear wouldn't be shown through the holes.
    • With the coming of the anime, there has been a small but recurring debate about Giorno's costume. Not the costume itself but the color, which is now magenta, in contrast to most adaptations which had the costume being blue. Some don't like the color, others would prefer to keep the "traditional" blue, and others think magenta doesn't fit the contexts of Giorno's personality. Another side doesn't mind the change. A third faction likes that the anime is fully embracing the Camp aspect of the series and argues that a magenta Giorno has its legitimacy in the numerous artworks of Giorno in pinks and purples. Some of the first faction was already aware of this, but didn't expect the anime to actually go with it.
    • One can only feel that Araki was somewhat self-conscious with his characters designs this time around. Bucciarati states early on that most members of Passione like to remain passive and to not draw focus to themselves. This is immediately contrasted with the rest of Bucci's group, who wear some of the most out-there costumes in the franchise. Special note to Fugo's... latex suit with holes in it? And whatever the hell Mista is wearing on his head. He even keeps spare bullets in there!
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